Time management: More energy (part 5)

You will have more energy

It almost goes without saying, but I will dedicate a part of this series to this, because we don’t give it enough credit.  You will have more energy because you will be working on those things that are important and meaningful to you.  When you work on things you value, you will invariably have more energy.  This is not a magic trick, nor an empty promise.  When you work on things that truly matter to you, you will have more energy.

When you truly value something, it doesn’t feel like work or a chore.  It emanates from you as a reflection of who you are.  And obviously, when it doesn’t feel like a chore or a task, you won’t feel like your spending any valuable energy on it.

Also, when you prioritize according importance and values, you will learn to say no to things and activities that don’t matter to you, thus conserving your energy for things you truly value.

The importance of saying no

It is important to learn to say no.  Sometimes, you just don’t have the time to do everything.  The world won’t end because you said no.  Americans, in particular, we have this peculiar sense that the busier we are the more important we are.  This is not true at all.

I don’t need to take the kids to school, volunteer to make gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free cookies for their class, take the clothes to the dry cleaner, buy the groceries, and whip up a nutritious, delicious meal for the whole family all in one morning.  Perhaps I can say no to baking the allergy-friendly cookies.  Maybe I can pop a frozen pizza in the oven and call it lunch.  Maybe the groceries can wait one more day.  That way, I just have to take the kids to school, and take the clothes to the dry cleaner, and maybe I will have time to go to church – something I value – as well.

Just a word of caution:  saying no all the time is also called procrastination.